• Duration
    Each workshop is one day
  • Location
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    Fully Subsidised

Discover new practical approaches to teaching science and STEM in primary and secondary classrooms.

Over 2 full days held at Academy Bairnsdale, participants will work on developing effective approaches to science and STEM education and develop the confidence to implement practical activities in the classroom to enhance student learning.

Participants will explore ways to effectively build well-rounded STEMS lessons that will not only engage students and support their learning, but also fit within curriculum frameworks and meet assessment requirements.


Designed for teachers and teacher leaders in Victorian government primary and secondary schools.


Amanda Berry, Associate Dean, RMIT University

Amanda Berry is a professor of STEM education, and Associate Dean Research & Innovation in the School of Education at RMIT University.

Amanda’s research focuses on how science teachers develop and refine their professional knowledge and how that knowledge can be communicated in ways that build a strong future science teaching workforce and inspire students’ interest, engagement and success in science/STEM.

Amanda has led numerous projects at state, national and international levels focusing on innovations in STEM/science teaching and learning and the development of teacher knowledge and practice.

Dr Melanie Nash, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University

Melanie spent 14 years teaching secondary school chemistry and general science before moving into Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

With a focus on science and STEM education, Melanie enjoys working with and mentoring aspiring STEM teachers - encouraging hands-on learning experiences that bridge theory with real-world applications.

Lorena Pellone-Gismondi, Master Teacher (Science), Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership

Lorena has been a secondary high school teacher for 10 years. Her leadership roles include year level coordinator, faculty leader and learning specialist. She has trained in both GROWTH and Jim Knight coaching and has worked with a range of teachers to improve their practice during her learning specialist role.

In 2022, the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) challenged and stretched her thinking and allowed her to develop skills in evaluating and improving her practice. She is currently enjoying her role as a TEP Master Teacher, working with teachers to raise the status of the profession and improve learning and well-being outcomes for our students.

Erin Wilson, Curriculum Manager (STEM), Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Erin Wilson is the curriculum manager for STEM at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). With responsibilities including VCE Biology, VCE Psychology and the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Science, she has a keen interest in engaging students in science and education and developing quality science and STEM curriculum and assessment for all learners.

Maria James, Curriculum Manager (Science), Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Maria James is the curriculum manager for science for years foundation to 12 with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), overseeing the curriculum for chemistry, environmental science, and physics. She holds a masters degree in education (curriculum) and has written textbooks for junior science and senior chemistry.

Maria has held a variety of school positions including head of science, dean of students, and head of senior college. She is passionate about educational equity for all students as well as motivating and engaging students with science and encouraging them to take action in local and global contexts.

Over 2 full days, presenters will lead a range of hands-on workshops that will immerse participants in undertaking science activities in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology and their interdisciplinary STEM applications.

In Workshop 1, The Science Classroom, participants will work with Associate Dean of RMIT Amanda Berry and Academy Master Teacher, Lorena Pellone-Gismondi, to explore ways to make student thinking visible in the science classroom. Teachers will undertake a range of engaging practical tasks and discuss how to effectively develop key science skills such as predicting, planning and conducting.

In Workshop 2, Bringing the Curriculum to Life, participants will work with VCAA Science and STEM curriculum managers Maria James and Erin Wilson, to explore ways to bring the curriculum to life through authentic and engaging tasks. Participants will investigate the design thinking process and scientific modelling through hands-on learning activities.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the science curriculum and interdisciplinary STEM
  • effective approaches to practical work
  • developmental levels of science understanding and inquiry skills
  • different digital approaches to science teaching.

You will develop the skills in:

  • planning for implementing practical teaching approaches
  • assessing student understanding and skill development
  • using digital technologies in the classroom.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school participants.

Last updated 16 November 2023